Our projects

The projects we have
supported so far

  • SmartBEAT

    SmartBEAT – Smart system for the management of Heart Failure in older adults is a system targeted to Heart Failure patients and their carers (formal and informal). Its aim is to reduce the need for hospital admissions and institutional care, and facilitates early discharge. The system comprises a telemonitoring kit, a user-friendly mobile solution, a caregiver portal and support applications.

     

    Partners

    Central Hospital of São João; Verhaert New Products & Services NV; Remedus; Seniornett Norge; LifeonKey; VigiSense S.A.; KempenLIFE; Stichting Smart Homes; Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto.

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  • AAL4ALL

    AAL4ALL is an innovative project in the emerging area of Assistive Environments and comprises 27 partner institutions, among industries and R&D institutions. The goal of the AAL4ALL is the development of products and services in the scope of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) in order to provide assistance and increase the independence of seniors or disabled people.

    Partners

    Microsoft Portugal (MLDC), ISEP – Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Universidade do Minho, CASO – Consultores Associados de Organizações e Informática, Lda, ISCTE – Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa, Associação CCG/ZGDV – Centro de Computação Gráfica, CITEVE – Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxteis e do Vestuário de Portugal, Critical Health, Exatronic, INOV – Inesc Inovação – Instituto de Novas Tecnologias, Inovamais – Serviços de Consultadoria em Inovação Tecnológica Lda, IPN – Instituto Pedro Nunes – Associação Para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento em Ciência e Tecnologia, ISA Intellicare, UBI – Universidade da Beira Interior, FCTUNL – Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, PLUX – Engenharia de Biosensores Lda, PT Inovação, FEUP – Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, ProcessNet – Sistemas de Informação Lda, OPTIMUS – Comunicações SA, Conforto em Casa Lda, CeNTITVC – Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Técnicos, Funcionais e Inteligentes, Universidade de Aveiro, Escola Superior de Educação de Paula Frassinetti, Be Artis – Concepção, Construção e Gestão de Redes de Comunicações SA, Glintt – Healthcare Solutions, PT Prime, Casa de Saúde de Guimarães.

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  • Active@Home

    Active@Home aims to enhance seniors’ participation in physical activities, so to they keep active and prevent falls. It consists of video games based on Tai-Chi and dance moves. Games are challenging, fun and personalized to each user. It enables also multi-players features.

    Partners

    Duvidat (coordinator), Suiça; Unie KBO, The Netherlands; Comfort Keepers Portugal, Portugal; ETHZ Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Switzerland; MIRALab – University of GenevaGeneva – Centre Iniversitaire Informatique, Switzerland.

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  • AlzNav

    This dissertation intended to investigate how two distinct navigation concepts affect the mobility and sense of safety of older adults and persons with mild dementia. This goal was pursued by developing a prototype of a pedestrian-oriented navigation application, to be used in mobile devices by these users.

  • AlzSense

    “Environment-Aware System for Alzheimer’s Patients” – AlzSense is the name of an Msc Thesis developed at Fraunhofer AICOS.

    Within this project, a small electronic device was created to collect valuable data regarding the condition and state of a person affected with Alzheimer’s Disease. It would do so by monitoring the user’s daily activities and the environment and sending automatic messages to the caregiver in emergency situations.

    The device shouldn´t be intrusive and can be inserted in a belt so that the person can carry it around on a daily basis.

  • ANT+

    ANT+ Medical Health Kit was developed during an MSc thesis and it allows the elderly to read their weight and blood pressure values with a mobile phone, while their clinicians monitor those values on a web application and may give them an appropriate feedback.

  • ChefMyself

    The main goal of the ChefMyself project is to develop a solution to support elders in preparing meals and maintaining healthy eating habits. Using the Cloud, it will bring together a number of devices (TV, tablet, cooking robot…) to offer important services to older adults, like generating healthy meal plans for the week, generating shopping lists, supporting meal preparation or letting people share recipes over a social network.

    Partners

    Fundació Cetemmsa, Spain; Istituto Nazionale di Ricovero e Cura per Anziani, Italy; Polne, S. L. (Taurus Group), Spain; Fraunhofer AICOS, Portugal; Unie KBO, Netherlands; ASM Market Research and Analysis Centre, Poland; ME.TE.DA, Italy.

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  • CogniPlay

    CogniPlay – Jogos Sérios para Seniores em Dispositivos Móveis is a tablet-based gaming platform that provides cognitive stimulation through games targeting several different areas of the cognitive domain, with its primary audience being the senior population.

  • CordonGris

    CordonGris is a project in the area of nutrition for older adults. It addresses the aspects related to diets and nutrition choices, and also the issues related to the management of the budget for shopping ingredients. It will result in an intelligent system that will recommend healthy foods and meals to older adults based on health characteristics, lifestyle, culture, resources, availability, local production or season.

    Partners

    Fraunhofer Portugal, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, SONAE MC, Red Ninja Studios, Can Cook, Unie KBO.

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  • DActivPR

    “DActivPR – Daily Activity Pattern Recognition Tool” is a Fraunhofer’s Master’s thesis which aim was the creation of a web application enabling the visualization of the information generated by the Smart Companion‘s system related to physical activity.

  • Dance! Don’t Fall

    Dance! Don’t Fall (DDF) is an Android and Windows Phone application that monitors the user’s risk of falling while actively reducing it through fun exercise.
    After the user performs choreographed moves, DDF gives feedback on their dancing performance and evaluates the risk of falling.

  • DEM – Deus ex machina

    Deus ex-Machina (DEM) is a project that is focused on studying and understanding the environment, the user, their context and actions, and, on the other hand, on creating non-intrusive and assistive tools for everyday life in several domains, such as Health and well-being, Nutrition and Agriculture.

    Partners

    The ALGORITMI Research Centre from the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, the Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS), the Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB), the Research Centre in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), the Centre for Textile Science and Technology,  the Center for Psychology of the University of Porto (CPUP) and the Center of Informatics of the Eduardo Mondlane University and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan.

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  • DeMind

    DeMind is a Fraunhofer AICOS’ project that aims to study aspects related to technology acceptance. This projects is focused on the final end-users of mobile applications and its aim is to understand the factors that may improve or difficult their adherence to technology.

  • DEMSmartMoves

    DEMSmartMoves is a Fraunhofer AICOS’ project in the area of physical activity monitoring. It uses inertial sensors to detect and recognize arm gestures. One of the practical application of this technology is the recognition of eating and drinking activities. This is of special interest for older adults, because they often miss out on meals, which might cause nutritional deficits.

  • DepSigns

    The web service developed within this MSc Thesis detects depression symptoms through the analysis of the senior’s behavioral variance, using statistics techniques which result in a personal history of the seniors’ habits such as activities, communications or mood swings. These data are collected through smartphone usage. The application allows the psychologists and caregivers monitoring seniors and it detects early depression symptoms.

  • e-CAALYX

    e-CAALYX is a project in the field of AAL – Ambient Assisted Living and its main objective is to develop health monitoring technological solutions.

    Partners

    CETEMMSA Technological Centre, Spain (coordinator); Corscience GmbH & Co KG, Germany; Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Fundació Privada Sant Antoni Abat; INESC Porto – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto, Portugal; National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo, Spain; TeleMedic Systems, UK; University of Limerick, Ireland; University of Plymouth (Enterprise Ltd), UK.

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  • Early Parkinson detection

    This Master thesis proposes the development of a smartphone application to help to diagnose Parkinson’s disease in early stages. The application will provide an objective assessment of the disease helping general practitioners to better distinguish common age-related changes from symptoms of the disease. With this assessment, general practitioners will be more certain when recommending patients to see a neurologist.

  • EMGesture

    In the scope of the Master Thesis EMGesture, an algorithm is being developed that detects arm movements and also recognizes hand gestures captured by sensors of electromiography and inertial sensors. This knowledge can be applied in the context of Human-Computer Interaction and in the fields of functional rehabilitation and fall prevention.

  • ExerBalance

    The Master Thesis ExerBalance – “Balance-board based system for rehabilitation of patients with balance disorders” aims to develop a system to improve standing balance in patients with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) through game-based exercises. This type of exercises might increase the motivation and the adherence to the treatment and complement the traditional rehabilitation therapy. The system collects relevant data from the sensors and the results can be assessed by physiotherapists.

  • EzNav

    In the scope of the Master Thesis “EzNav – A Web browser for elderly users”, an application is under development at Fraunhofer AICOS to improve older adults’ navigation on the internet. With the aim of creating a browser specifically designed for seniors, a study on the seniors’ interests regarding the themes they look for on the internet is being carried out, as well as usability research on their needs and preferences regarding the layout and the icons of the mobile interfaces.

  • FallSensing

    FallSensing is a project that addresses the problem of falls amongst the elderly population. It is a technological intervention of fall risk screenings covering multiple risks of falls with inertial sensors, a balance board and questionnaires. Furthermore, it has a platform with personalized exercise plans so that the user can reduce his/her fall risk and prevent future falls. The system enables healthcare professionals and caregivers to follow the evolution of the user.

    Partners

    ESTeSC – Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra; Sensing Future Technologies.

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  • FCC – Fall Competence Center

    The Fall Competence Center (FCC) of Fraunhofer AICOS aims to investigate all fall related aspects, including activity monitoring and human motion analysis. The knowledge gathered in the FCC will be applied to viable solutions based on smartphones not only for fall detection, but also fall risk assessment and fall prevention.

    The project FCC Fall Risk Assessment is integrated within the Fall Competence Center of Fraunhofer AICOS and aims to make a fall risk assessment of individuals at higher risk of falling.

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  • FCCFAM

    This project aims to develop integrated solutions for activity monitoring, falls detection, falls prevention and security, targeting older persons living in the community.

  • GSenses

    «Smartphone serious games for senses evaluation» is the title of an MSc Thesis developed by an student at Fraunhofer AICOS. This project aims to create an application for evaluating visual and hearing capabilities of older adults through serious games so that this task can be as pleasant as possible and therefore get the user to perform the visual and hearing assessment more frequently.

  • ICT4Dgui

    The MSc Thesis/ Fraunhofer AICOS project named “Graphical User Interface recommendations for ICT4D” aims to study the elements in Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) regarding different cultures and literacy levels. The project is running within our competence center ICT4D-Information and Communication Technologies for Development, which targets users in African countries and rural areas.

  • Kinteract

    Kinteract is a Fraunhofer project (integrating the Fall Competence Center) that uses game concepts to develop applications for physical rehabilitation and therapy targeting elderly people and people who suffered strokes or spinal cord injuries. These applications use common sensors to measure body movements, specially the upper limb and hands.

  • Kinteract – Gesture recognition for natural interaction with applications

    Kinteract is a driver that was developed having in mind the use of gesture recognition to control any application.
    The main purpose of the tests that were made was to get a reaction of old persons and to know what kind of gestures Kinteract should be prepared to detect, as they should be the most intuitive for this target audience.

  • KneeGraphy

    In the scope of the Master Thesis “Classification of knee arthropathy with accelerometer-based vibroarthrography” (KneeGraphy) researchers are developing a accelerometer-based system for knee data acquisition and differentiation between a pathological and a non-pathological knee in terms of knee osteo-arthropathy.  In the future, this system could be used as a non-invasive assessment tool for people with arthritic knee joints.

  • LiteracyTracker

    In the scope of the Master Thesis entitled LiteracyTracker, it has been developed a mobile application to access and monitor the literacy level of children from Sub-Saharan Africa. The application consists of a small group of exercises, in English, that requires short answers and based on gamification techniques.

  • mActivityClassify

    The project “mActivityClassify – Smartphone Real Time Classification of Activities of Daily Living” aims to create a prototype that enables the collection of metrics of activities of daily living of post-stroke patients, so that it is possible a more accurate evaluation of their evolution.

  • MalariaScope

    Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. In 2010 it was responsible for approximately 655,000 deaths, 91% of them in the African Region and mostly related with misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. Thus, there is an urgent need of new tools that can facilitate the rapid and easy diagnosis of Malaria, especially in areas with limited access to quality healthcare services.
    The project aims to create a mobile-based solution that can provide an effective pre-diagnosis of Malaria to be used in medically underserved areas. The solution could work as a first triage framework for isolated laboratories, where a technician with no special skills in terms of Malaria diagnosis, collects blood from a patient, prepares the blood smear and uses the system to analyse the blood sample and shares results in order to provide the correct medication.

    Partners

    Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge

  • MASPARK

    Project MASPARK aims to develop a system of rhythmic sensory stimuli at frequencies related to the speed and cadence of the march, especially developed for people with Parkinson’s disease. Another goal of the project is to assess the acceptability of the system and its impact on users’ quality of life.

    Partners

    Centro Médico Teknon, Spain; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.

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  • Melanoma Detection

    The main objective of this project is to create a prototype for a patient-oriented system of skin lesion analysis using a smartphone. This work aims to implement a self-monitoring system that collects, processes and storages information of skin lesions through its automatic classification. This classification is based on the ABCD rule, which consists in 4 visual features highly relevant for skin cancer detection (asymmetry, border, color and differential structures), and for which were developed algorithms to measure and quantify them.

    Partners

    IPO – Instituto Português de Oncologia Dr. Francisco Gentil, E.P.E.

  • Mobile Gesture-based Interaction Design Patterns for Older Adults

    This research project aims to extend existing knowledge regarding gesture-based interaction on smartphones for older adults.
    Older adults undergo several cognitive, psychomotor and sensorial declines as a result of the aging process. These alterations make their specific needs and characteristics distinct from those of younger adults.

  • mscWESEJ – Design of wearable sensing devices

    This Master thesis/ Fraunhofer’s project aims to study the factors that influence and determine the creation of wearable devices for seniors. The factors are related to physical, ergonomics, psychological and usability issues. All these constraints will be considered when co-designing new wearable sensing devices for older adults.

  • myAHA

    “My Active and Healthy Ageing” (myAHA) is a new European project that aims to reduce physical, cognitive and social frailty amongst seniors. Researchers are developing tools to motivate seniors to remain healthy and active. The solution will address many factors such as daily habits and characteristics related to health, nutrition, sleep, social activities and hobbies. The engagement of seniors in the active living habits will reduce risk of physical and mental disease.

    Partners

    Università degli Studi di Torino (coordinator), Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, German Sport University Cologne, Gestió Socio Sanitaria al Mediterrani, Institute of Experimental Psychophysiology, Instituto Biomecanica de Valencia, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH, Kaasa Solution GmbH, Loughborough University, Universität Siegen, VitalinQ Healthy Lifestyle Support, JIN Co. Ltd., Seoul National University, Tohoku University, University of the Sunshine Coast.

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  • NeuropathyDetect

    “Early Detection of Peripheral Neuropathy in Diabetes Patients” (NeuropathyDetect) is the name of a master thesis that consists in the gait analyses of people with diabetes using sensors, enabling to analyze the walking patterns. Its goal is to identify early signs of peripheral neuropathy in diabetic patients.

  • Personal Finances App

    This Fraunhofer project aims to create a smartphone application that helps seniors to manage their personal finances. The application will match the needs and preferences of seniors on personal finances management, so, seniors are a crucial part in the whole research process.

  • PhysicAAL

    The main goal of this thesis is to develop elderly-oriented, body positioning Android games for the Google TV using the Kinect sensor. Games can act as motivational tools through a wide range of mechanisms, and they provide good home-based rehabilitation exercises, reducing costs with health care and motivating patient compliance.

  • PIL – Precise Indoor Location

    It is a smartphone-based indoor localisation system, using magnets and gait analysis which allows for numerous possibilities on and beyond the Ambient Assisted Living field.

  • REMPARK

    The specific and ultimate goal of the REMPARK project is to develop an application with closed loop detection, response and treatment capabilities for management of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients.It consist of a wearable monitoring system able to identify in real time the motor status of the PD patients, and evaluating ON/OFF/Dyskinesia status in operation during ambulatory conditions. A gait guidance system able to help the patient in real time during their daily activities will also be developed.
    At a second level, the intelligent analysis of data provided by the first level, supported with a disease management system will allow the neurologist in charge to access accurate and reliable information to decide about the treatment that best suits the patient, improving the management of their disease, in particular to adjust the therapeutic window.

    Partners

    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain (coordinator); National University Ireland Galway (NUIG), Ireland; Centro Médico Teknon, Spain; Fondazione Santa Lucia, Italy; Maccabi Healthcare Services, Israel; Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo SA, Spain; M&M Qualtech Ltd, Ireland; Neusta Mobile Solutions Group, Germany; Nordforce Technology AB, Sweden; Association Européenne pour la Maladie de Parkinson, Belgium.

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  • S4S

    Smartphones for Seniors (S4S) is a QREN project that aims to create smartphone applications that improve the quality of life of older adults, by fostering their autonomy, promoting their social interaction and providing tools that unobtrusively monitor their health.

    Partners

    Microsoft Software para Microcomputadores Lda, Portugal; Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal; Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal; WIT Software SA, Portugal; OPTIMUS – Comunicações SA, Portugal; DevScope – Soluções de Sistemas e Tecnologias de Informação Lda, Portugal

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  • SAL – Service Assisted Living

    This project is being developed in partnership with Glintt – Healthcare Solutions S.A. and the Engineering Faculty of the University of Porto (FEUP). Its purpose is to create solutions that enable, on the one hand, citizens/patients to have an active role in the management of their health and, on the other hand, new healthcare services that support health care professionals.

    Partners

    Glintt – Healthcare Solutions, S.A.; FEUP – Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto.

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  • SleepDiary

    Within this MSc Thesis, researchers at Fraunhofer AICOS are developing a system composed of external sensors and an Android application for smartphones that is able to autonomously analyse sleep quality and efficiency. The system detects fluctuations in normal sleep-wake patterns and can help study sleep disorders such as insomnia, excessive sleepiness and circadian-rhythm disorders. The system must also be able to analyse sleep by using the sensors from the smartphone only.

  • SmartCompanion

    SmartCompanion (SC) is an Android customization that was specially designed to address seniors’ goals and needs. It aims to be a permanently available companion to support seniors in their daily activities, through a number of tools, from messaging to medication reminder applications. SmartCompanion intends to create 2 ecosystems: a technological one where seniors can use multiple different gadgets like smartphones, tablets, tv’s, bracelets, external sensors, weight scales, multimedia car systems, etc. On the other hand, SmartCompanion also wants to support a social ecosystem where primary users (seniors) can interact with informal caregivers, family, friends and formal caregivers.

  • SmartCueing

    This project/MSc Thesis aims to develop a system to help Parkinson’s Disease patients improve their walking. In order to improve the way patients walk, auditory cues are applied. The cueing determines a rhythm that is used by the patients as guidance to adjust their movements.

  • SmartFeet – ExerGames for Fall Prevention

    It’s an application of games for seniors based on a television and a smartphone. It encourages seniors to perform exercises for balance control, mobility and flexibility, and, in this way, it helps reduce fall risks amongst older adult players.

  • SmartMedBoxes

    SmartMedBoxes – “Monitoring of medication boxes using wireless sensors” is a master thesis that addresses the problem of non-adherence to medication therapy amongst seniors. Furthermore, it enables the monitorization of the proper medication intake, as it detects the opening of the medication boxes. This prototype comprises a medication box, sensors and a smartphone.  It will help seniors to follow the medication therapy schemes prescribed, even if they are complex for an older adult, as this prototype will avoid seniors to forget to take the medication.

  • SmartMoves

    In the scope of the project SmartMoves, researchers at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS are using sensors to measure hip and knee angles during gait, lateral steps and knee bending. The study of gait parameters will provide important knowledge that will be applied in the area of falls and physical activity monitoring.

  • Smartphone based human activity prediction

    This Master Thesis focuses on the motion sensors of the smartphone in order to predict the activity that the user is performing. Recognizing human activities with sensors next to the body has become important research area, aiming to create or improve innovative applications (e.g. Health care, Fitness monitoring, etc.).

  • SmartRecovery

    Within the project/master thesis “SmartRecovery – Gait analysis in patients recovering from total joint replacement using body fixed sensors” researchers are developing an application for the assessment and analysis of several gait parameters in patients after Total Knee Replacement (TKR). This application will enable a quantitative gait analysis to objectively measure patients’ functional improvements.

  • SmartReminders

    SmartReminders is a master thesis under development at Fraunhofer AICOS. This project consists in the study of the utilization of sensors to detect the movements of the arms and then identify the activities of eating or drinking. The target population is older adults, who, therefore, may use the sensors and receive notifications about meals.

  • SousChef

    This project aims to design and create a smartphone application that provides nutritional plans according to the nutritional guidelines and that, at the same time, adapts the generated recommendations to the anthropometrical characteristics and the food preferences of the users.

  • STAlz

    STAlz is a smartphone application that can be used by doctors to provide a more personalized and adapted treatment for their patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), while at the same time helping them succeed in identifying possible problems and acting upon them.
    STAlz is a system in which: a) doctors use their mobile devices to remotely ask their patients to perform well-known tests that allow for the screening of AD; b) patients receive the information on their own mobile devices and perform the tests sent by doctors; and c) the data, which can be efficiently retrieved from the device and neatly organized for further processing, is then sent back to doctors, so that it is professionally analyzed and used.

  • TouchSense

    This MSc thesis aims to help evaluate elderly users’ smartphone usage patterns. Information extracted from the smartphone touchscreen, the accelerometer and gyroscope is combined in order to detect and characterize touch events and improve the user interaction experience with the smartphone. This information will be very useful in future usability tests, because the algorithms developed detect:
    -where the smartphone is (on a surface, being held still or moving);
    -all touch events;
    – impact force of the touch event;
    -which finger is being used to touch the smartphone screen (index finger or thumb);
    -which hand is holding the device (right or left).

  • User interface design recommendations for fitting smartphone applications to persons with Parkinson

    The goals of this Master thesis goals are to study the impact of the Parkinson’s Disease in the interaction with the smartphone and to develop a series of recommendations to fit smartphone applications to persons with Parkinson.